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Brussels Guided Bike Tour: Highlights and Hidden Gems

1. Brussels Guided Bike Tour: Highlights and Hidden Gems

Head out on a bike to discover Brussels' famous landmarks and hidden gems with the help of your local guide. Explore different neighborhoods of the city and see how they are all distinct and unique. Make a stop along the way to sit down and enjoy a drink at one of the cozy terraces in the city.  Hop on your bike for a great introduction to Brussels and its widely diverse neighborhoods. Pedal past the Marolles, the Fish Market, and the Courthouse, but also some less obvious spots that will offer you a surprising view of the city. Make stop around half-way of the tour and put aside your bicycle to have a short break in a cozy bar or terrace with the group. After, continue to discover more of what Brussels has to offer. 

Brussels: Highlights of Brussels Exploration Game

2. Brussels: Highlights of Brussels Exploration Game

Explore Brussels and see its top sights in this exploration game. Solve challenges on your phone and be led to popular locations like the European Parliament, the Royal Gallery, and more. Travel to the Parc du Cinquantenaire and start the game at the statues in the middle. You’ll take on the role of a Dutch sailor who has found himself in Brussels after following a map. As you solve challenges, the story will unfold and directions on your phone will take you to the next location and puzzle. It will take you between 1-1.5 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it. You can play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game, Grand Palace.

Brussels: Mysteries and Legends Half-Day Walking Tour

3. Brussels: Mysteries and Legends Half-Day Walking Tour

Take a tour of Brussels that gets deep under its skin, exploring its secret societies and hidden symbols. Your private 4-hour walking tour starts at the luxurious Godiva chocolate store before diving into the city’s lesser known attractions and peeking at its famous sights from a new perspective. You will explore the Grand Place, considered by many as the most beautiful square in the world. Discover why it was built the way it was and the significance of the figure seven. Keep a lookout for the Zodiac sign on one of the buildings and learn the history of the city’s Freemasons. You will visit a Freemason’s grave in the Cathedral of St. Michael and search for a legend in its colorful church windows. The tour will take you uptown to the park opposite the Royal Palace to learn the meaning of hidden inscriptions. Hear about the concealed city below the Palace and get to know the founder of the Templars, Godfried of Bouillon. Walk a stretch of the trail of the pilgrims' route to Santiago de Compostela.

Brussels: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

4. Brussels: Private Tour w/ Locals – Highlights & Hidden Gems

See Brussels at its best from the eyes of a local in just 3 hours. Check out prime landmarks like the Grand Place, the Royal Palace, St Nicholas Church and hear unique insights that only a local would know. Uncover hidden gems and city secrets along the way that will show you an authentic side of the city with the help of a knowledgeable local guide. Fully experience the local flare with an included local treat to make your city tour a complete experience.

Brussels: The Sheroes' Historical Impact Walking Tour

5. Brussels: The Sheroes' Historical Impact Walking Tour

Discover why Belgium has been marked by the presence of women who triumphed in history despite all the inconveniences and obstacles they encountered along the way. Brussels tells of the advancement of female protagonists and their role in the development of the country. Meet in one of the most coveted locations in the European capital from the 12th to the 18th century: the Royal Court Quarter. During the walk, admire the power of the queens to the masses of the Protestant shepherdesses and the Guardians of the Holy Sepulcher. Go down towards the historical center from the Mont des Arts (Mount of Arts). This is a privileged spot in the city for photography and attracts everyone's attention. See the famous Expo 58 Atomium sculpture, a signature of Brussels. See the unmistakable statue of a child peeing shamelessly in one of the oldest fountains in the city. Discover the history of the little girl statue, Jeanneke Pis, half-hidden in the privacy of a small alley, who does the same in full view of prying eyes. Finally, go to the Théâtre La Monnaie, the home of an explosion of revolutionary revolts in the 19th century. Learn about the role of women in conflicts such as Belgian independence and the world wars. Lastly, see Rue Neuve where Laura, Eleanor, and Jenny Marx lived in exile.

Brussels: Famous People City Exploration Game

6. Brussels: Famous People City Exploration Game

Discover exciting sights in Brussels and learn about its famous inhabitants by solving challenges and unlocking stories on your phone. See the Maison Du Roi, Hotel Amigo, the Jacques Brel Sculpture, and more, while learning about the Lumiere brothers and other known residents. The city game starts at Maison Du Roi. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. It will take you between 1-1,5 hours but you should explore at your own pace: simply pause the game and resume when you want from the location where you paused it. Play on your own, in a large group, or in several smaller groups that compete against each other before meeting at the final stop of the game. The game concludes at the Marie Curie Sculpture.

Brussels: Private Guided Tour

7. Brussels: Private Guided Tour

Explore Brussels and see the highlights on a guided tour. Begin with a pickup from your hotel in downtown Brussels in a luxurious and air-conditioned car. Learn about the Belgian capital’s history as you spot signature sights such as the Mannekin Pis peeing boy statue and St Michael’s Cathedral. Admire the Grand Place, note the flamboyant buildings of the art nouveau quarter, absorb the views from the dome of the National Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and more. Enjoy a flexible itinerary with the option to tailor the sightseeing to your interests.

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What people are saying about Royal Palace, Brussels

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 33 reviews

Great experience with a guide who has a clear passion and deep knowledge of the city, it’s history, the neighbourhoods and the hidden gems.

Great tour with superb guide! Friendly and very knowledgeable. Gave us loads of information and useful tips for our stay.

The guide was knowledgeable and extremely friendly. The bikes were in great condition. A great way to explore Brussels.

Super cool game! Absolute recommendation to discover Brussels playfully and attentively.

It was very funny and we took the opportunity to make stops in the bars mentioned